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called it a moral obscenity and culminated by today where joe biden said there's no doubt the assad regime is responsible. >> mike, the american people are wary of any military involvement in syria. how does the president sell this military action? >> what's important to keep in mind john, this is the second time this year that the obama administration has judge assad to have deployed these chemical weapons. the president has been very hesitant to get involved in the course of the three years of civil conflict under withering response from john mccain on capitol hill. there has been this hesitancy and obviously a war weariness on the part of the american public. i think a good gaining of where the milk stands -- gauge of where the public stands, the point might be academic bit that point john. >> mike thank you. >>> momentum for military intervention, is building in syria as well. president says he's ready to punish those who gassed sifnlings and the british government recalled people to placement. >> david cameron cut short his summer holiday and returned to london to decide what a
and talking in those sorts of context. by yesterday, we had joe biden presenting what is largely a circumstance case that's put forth publicly by this point that is namely, we know that chemical weapons were deployed, and that the assad regime that the method to deliver those weapons. they are the only ones that could have done it, biden said there is no doubt. the report will be declassified and released perhaps as early at tomorrow morning. >> you mentioned a shift in tone. the president will be giving a speech today centered on peace commemorating the 50t 50th anniversary of martin luther king's march on washington. is there any way we could be firing rockets at syria before he delivers that speech? >> i seriously doubt that number one for the optics, number two, the u.n. in texters are on the ground. we expect the administration to release a case publicly that gets away from the circumstance case that you and i are talking about and present a more factual case, specific examples of how the assad regime went forward with this. that's what we're expecting. i don't expect this t
not made a decision. and joe biden repeated that line today. the president again repeating that to respond to this deployment of chemical weapons is in america's core self interest, and the president said the syrian government carried these attacks out. if you circumstance -- circle a couple of dates on the calendar here, you mentioned those un inspectors. it's very clear that the administration or any allied coalition is not going to initiate an attack while those un inspectors are on the ground. then tuesday the president is scheduled to leave the country. he was going to go see putin, and that got changed, instead he is going sweden before going to the g20 meeting. a lot of folks think the president might want to consult with leaders at the g20. others say that is not likely to have this hanging in the air while they are talking about the economy. also another wild-card here, if the british go wobbly in his term on this, and parlment does balk, then that throws another twist and angle into the potential timing. >> mike, tell us precedent for this. >> well, i think the most direct preced
to chuck hagel and john kerry and joe biden is aggressive towards syria but they are stressing any strike would be surgical, that is the word they like to use, what does that mean? >> well, surgical is a relative term. mostly or most likely the first way would involve attacking missiles and submarine station would put attacking force out of harm's way and syrian defenses and allow them to an area of 50 or fewer meters to hit a precision target like a command center and radar and missile battery or military installation. >> reporter: let's get more detail on this, edward. a surgical strike against war, defenses and chemical zones, i mean supposing these are in civilian areas? >> well, that is an interesting question. obviously the first rule of entering this is what do you want to achieve and clearly the threat of military action has suddenly heightened because of the chemical weapons attack but it's not an operation which the u.s. wants to get involved in the civil war but to prevent chemical weapons attacks and you can hit radar and military sites of the government that would not stop t
in new york and a speech in scranton, pennsylvania, joe biden's hometown. >> celebrations for the 50t 50th anniversary of the march on washington is tomorrow, there will be a rally retracing the route to the national mall. wednesday, president obama will speak on the steps of the lincoln memorial where martin luther king, jr. delivered his "i have a dream" speech. >> i have a dream, my four little children one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. i have a dream. >> of course the march is recognized as a touch stone for the 1964 civil rights act and 1965 voting rights act. ahead, we'll focus on a louisiana group heading to the mlk festivities. >> we're going to take a closer look at what brad my manning is asking for and how the military is responding to the request. >> how bad is the leak at the nuclear power plant in japan. >> ryan braun breaks his silence and finally comes clean about being dirty. coming up, in aljazeera sports. conversation that challenges the status quo with unexpected opinions and a fre
secretary kerry said yesterday was a moral obscenity. the white house felt -- joe biden was speaking in houston, texas, he says there is no doubt that they were used, were these chemical weapons, and there is little doubt who used them. >> for we know that the syrian regime, the only ones who have the weapons have used chemical weapons multiple times in the past, have the means of delivering those weapons, have been determined to wipe out exactly the places that were attacked by chemical weapons. >> all indications point to a cruise missile attack of some sort, perhaps arias sets, allied arias sets as well. we don't know when or who, that coalition is still forming. we don't know what the end goal is. all we do know is what jay carney said today. we know what it's not. >> we are also very much engaged in an effort to support the opposition in its struggle with the assad regime, as the assad regime continues to try to massacre it's a own people in an effort to maintain power. and it's our firm conviction -- [ inaudible ] but this deliberation and the actions that we are contemplating
's crucial to determining what punishment as i think joe biden called it, and the french ministers have been saying. there must be a consequence, a price to be paid for having done this. in principle i agree with that. but we must be sure we're punishing the right person, and -- and i'm taking the purely intellectual or perhaps slightly political point that it's in everyone's interest that the indication of that person, that authority that is held responsible, be not simply on the basis of gut feeling or the best -- you know, that's what we think. we need it as hard evidence to show the world the proof. and once that is done, the picture will look very different indeed. >> tonight there are indications president obama has a number of options to deal with syria. patty has more. >> reporter: the obama administration says it will respond to this, but the goal, they insist is not to get rid of the syrian president but to send him a message. >> it is not our policy to respond to this transgression with a regime change. >> reporter: they say no decision has been made, but it seems likely the respo
to challenge her, joe biden on the democratic side and who is going to emerge on the republican side and the news media is going to be consumed with that and the press room behind me is going to be thinner and thinner and thinner for those daily bri briefings, less and less interest. so, it's enormous gamble. i can't help but think that the president and his aides looked at this and said, okay. there isn't a lot of support for this. we are getting some blow-back in congress. i still have a hard time thinking they couldn't just go ahead and do what they were going to do and let congress sort it out when they do finally, get around to returning to town. so i can't help come to the conclusion that they think they can win this vote, they think it's going to expose and exploit further divisions within the republican party. but again, getting back to the essential questions of life and death and national security here, for the president to repeatedly say that this is something in the core national interest of the united states and then to put it off for two weeks, you know, militarily, i d
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